Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning
for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES
For people in Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 3:56 pm Thursday, 24 May 2018.
The first strong cold front of the season to affect southwest parts of WA from late Thursday and into Friday.
There will be an abrupt change in the weather as a strong cold front moves over western and southern parts of WA from late Thursday afternoon through to Friday morning. A deep low will then approach the southwest corner during Friday.
Radar and satellite imagery shows isolated squally thunderstorm activity ahead of the front that may impact the west coast from 4pm this afternoon.
DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour which could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are likely near the Southwest Capes from about 5pm, extending to Shark Bay, the Perth Metropolitan area and Walpole around 8pm and to remaining parts of the warning area overnight.
DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour that could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY are possible in coastal areas, particularly near the west coast between Jurien Bay and Walpole.
Tides between Shark Bay and Walpole are likely to rise ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK with VERY ROUGH SEAS and POTENTIAL FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas, particularly in the Geographe Bay area Thursday evening and between Jurien Bay and Walpole Friday morning.
Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall will also accompany the passage of the front. 24-hour rainfall totals to 9am Friday are expected to be between 20 and 40 millimetres with totals exceeding 50 millimetres in some areas.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
This front is expected to be the first strong cold front of season so far. People in the southwest of WA typically experience a front as windy as this about 5 times per year. It will also be the first significant rainfall for the Gascoyne region for many months.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
* Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AWST Thursday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
Ashendon (32.2312°S, 116.1405°E, 371m AMSL) Ashendon,WA set as my default location ›
7 day forecast
Today: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers, most likely in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm. Damaging winds possible in the early morning. Winds NW 25 to 40 km/h increasing to 45 km/h before turning W 25 to 40 km/h during the afternoon and evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 20.
Forecast for Ashendon (32.2312°S, 116.1405°E, 371m AMSL) Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Summary Minimum 14° 14° 15° 12° 10° 11° 14° Maximum 17° 18° 20° 18° 19° 22° 20° Chance of rain 90% 90% 70% 20% 10% 70% 90% Likely amount 5-10mm 1-5mm 1-5mm < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm 20-40mm UV index Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate - - - Frost risk Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm Wind speed 26
Wind direction NW WNW WSW WSW W WSW W W ENE NNE ENE NE NNE NNW Relative humidity 84% 69% 79% 68% 84% 80% 81% 64% 79% 61% 64% 41% 65% 67% Dew point 12°C 11°C 13°C 12°C 15°C 16°C 11°C 11°C 9°C 11°C 7°C 8°C 10°C 14°C
Sunrise and sunset times
Sunrise / Sunset for Ashendon (32.2312°S, 116.1405°E, 371m AMSL) First light Sunrise Sunset Last light Moon rise Moon set Moon phase Full moon Last quarter New moon First quarter 6:37am WST 7:03am WST 5:21pm WST 5:48pm WST 2:58pm WST 2:33am WST Waxing gibbous Full moon May 30 Last quarter Jun 07 New moon Jun 14 First quarter Jun 20
Temperature for next 7 days
Temperature in 7 days Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 17 18 20 18 19 22 20
Rain for next 7 days
Rain in 7 days Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 10 5 5 0 0 0 40